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IDENTITY – The Christ In You

One of the biggest guarantees for a Christian’s daily victory is knowing his identity – who God says he is.

We are all born into this world with a human identity. We are the child of our parents. As we grow, the ways of the world & what we do define who we are. Additional identities are added. We become students, friends of others, know ourselves to be a cousin, grandchild, aunt, uncle, etc. More identities are added years later – college student, occupation, husband/wife, alcoholic, depressed, etc. We even learn we are born into this world as sinners, without the presence of God in us.

What is important to remember is that every identity the world gives you is only temporary. One day you will become an “ex” identity. For example, one day Lebron James will be an ex-NBA basketball professional.

Think about it: Who wants to have an identity as an “EX?” Very unattractive it is.

Who or what we place our dependence and hope on defines who we are.

That’s why it’s important and invaluable to have an identity that will last forever. That’s where God comes in. God gives you an identity as His child. You are a son/daughter of the King.

Do you think your identity as a child of God is temporary? I hope not.

Your identity as a child of God is based on what Jesus did, neither how you feel nor what you do. One can NEVER become an ex-child of God.

God guarantees your identity as eternal because of Who lives in you – CHRIST IN YOU.

When God the Father sees you, He ONLY sees Jesus in you. Jesus dealt with all your sins and consequences on the cross. He crucified them & left them buried in His tomb when He rose from the dead. He then took up residence in you when you chose Him as Savior & Lord. He made you a child of God.

Since you are now a child of God, God wants you to walk that way. Ephesians 5:8 You were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord, so live your life as children of light.

If you are now a child of God, why do you want to walk in sin? Makes no sense. Should a butterfly go back to live like a worm caterpillar? Makes no sense. You can do it and enjoy the pleasures of your sin choice. However, you know the pleasure is very temporary and a big void of guilt & emptiness comes over you. That’s the Holy Spirit convicting you to repent and turn back to God – and continue walking again as a child of God. That is what occurred to the Prodigal Son in Luke 15.

Total joy and satisfaction only comes from God. To walk in an identity of sin makes no sense for a child of God. When you have joy & satisfaction as a child of God, sin loses its appeal. You begin to realize that sin is just stupid to be a part of. You may relapse/backslide. However, you are growing in your maturity in Christ. Christ In You is becoming more real every day. With Christ In You, your recovery comes quicker each time.

CHRIST IN YOU is your Key to Daily Victory.

Christ In you is one identity that will neither disappear nor cease. Jesus lives in you and will never leave nor forsake you. Jesus guarantees it. I encourage you to consistently see Christ In You in everything you do. Christ In You will take over your life one day at a time, one step at a time.

  • If you are a teacher, Christ In You is the teacher.
  • If you are a parent, Christ In You is the parent.
  • If you are an executive, Christ In You is the executive.
  • If you are a pastor, Christ In You is the pastor.
  • If you are a taxi driver, Christ In You is the taxi driver.
  • If you are a college student, Christ In You is the college student.
  • If you are an unemployed worker, Christ In You is the unemployed worker.
  • As a Christian, ONLY Christ In You is the Christian.

You can see the difference with life when you let Jesus live the Christian life through you. Now one cannot be, for example, a Christian and an alcoholic. That is two identities. One is either an alcoholic trying to be a Christian or a Christian struggling with alcoholism. One cannot be both. That is inconsistent in God’s eyes. If one is an alcoholic, go ahead and drink. That is what the identity of an alcoholic does. And don’t complain about the hangovers or the destruction of lives (especially of your family) that your drinking causes. However if you are a child of God, drinking alcohol is inconsistent with who you now are. That’s why it makes no sense and is not attractive. It is a way the world try to identify you.

I pray the reality of CHRIST IN YOU is taking deeper roots.

Jesus In You is your permanent identity as a child of God.

Remember also, Satan is petrified of Jesus In You and will do anything to distract your attention from tapping into the riches of this Wealth in you. Satan will try to tempt you in many ways, especially trying to get you to see your old identity.

Keep walking as a child of the King, a child of light. You were once something else. Now you are a child of God. Ephesians 5:8 You were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord, so live your life as children of light.

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Who Is Jesus Christ To You?

How does one conclude a meditation about the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ? One does not. There is so much depth that one never reaches the depths of Jesus. When you experience the deep love of Jesus, this is not even a tip of what lies ahead. The depths of His love are bottomless. This is one reason why one becomes awestruck over the depths of God’s personal love for her.

The apostle John accurately explains the depths of experiencing a personal relationship with Jesus. John fittingly writes this at the conclusion of his gospel. John 21:25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they were ever written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books that would be written.

You have just read and experienced the personal touch of Jesus Christ. Jesus intends to make these meditations very personal for you. I pray He has. May His personal love overwhelm you. May you give your heart love back to Jesus more than ever before.

The objective of writing these meditations was to make Jesus personal for 21st century society. The personal, unique touches Jesus gave to each person and group are intended for you also. It now all depends on what your response is.

This section concludes our study of the greatest person who ever lived – Jesus Christ. Jesus is the greatest because He is God Himself in the body of a man. JESUS STILL LIVES.

God could have stayed at a distance in heaven away from His creation (us). Instead, God stepped out of eternity into time in the person of Jesus Christ. He is so passionately obsessed with love for us that He reached down to our level and died a death that everyone deserved. Yet, Jesus bore this death voluntarily for all our sins. Being God (and sinless), death could not keep Him in the grave. “He has risen.

Today, Jesus sits at the right hand of God the Father, always interceding for us. Through Jesus, the things of your past no longer have to keep you bound and chained. Your new life is the very life of Jesus Himself. It is Jesus, in the person of the Holy Spirit, Who takes up residence in you and, with your permission, will take over your life. Jesus will live His life through you. When people encounter you, they will see Jesus in you. You now live the Christian life by faith in Jesus Christ to live the Christian life through you. Only He can. Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

You now have the opportunity to grow daily in love with Jesus. You now have the opportunity to experience Jesus Christ every moment of every day for the remainder of your earthly life. As you do, His heart grows in you. Only His love will be the primary motivation of your heart. Your experience will be fantastic.

After you have given your life to Jesus and grow in His love as His child, God will use you to share the “good news” of the gospel to others. As you responded to the “good news” of Jesus’ death and resurrection for salvation, God will place a passion in your heart to share Jesus with others. You know from personal experience the immeasurable joy you have since you accepted Jesus. You only want to tell others the “good” things God has done for you. You want them to experience the same. Even in the darkest adversity, Jesus is the answer.

Seeing Jesus live His life through you strengthens your love in Him. You rejoice in introducing someone to Jesus Christ. Seeing Jesus touch others through you is one of the most blessed privileges that God will give you. Witnessing a person’s response to Jesus that she is a sinner, born spiritually dead, and in need of a Savior, is evident of Jesus’ heart touching her heart. Though, sadly, some will reject the good news you share.

The full gospel of the death and resurrection of Jesus must be shared. The impact of the death and resurrection must be given the same emphasis. My personal experience of 39 years as a Christian shows that most Christians, with all sincerity, only share the death of Jesus for all sins as salvation. This is true and vital. This is how I lived many years as a Christian. Ask Christians today, “What is salvation?” Many would exclaim, “Jesus died for my sins.” They know how to apply the cross to their daily life, to repent of their sins, and receive God’s forgiveness through Jesus’ shed blood.

The missing part of the full gospel is the resurrection. Most Christians know the validity of the resurrection. However, many do not know how to apply by faith the resurrection life of Jesus to their daily life. Many do not realize that “the Jesus who died for them 2000 years ago is the same Jesus who rose from the dead to live in them and through them today.” A Christian evangelist explains it accurately. “Jesus gave His life for us, so He can give His life to us, so He can live His life through us.

Through Jesus’ death on the cross and His shedding of blood, a sinner receives forgiveness. Through Jesus’ resurrection, a spiritually dead person receives life. The death of Jesus destroys the disease (sin) that killed us. The resurrected life of Jesus raises spiritually dead people back to life. This is the context of the complete gospel, the full impact of Jesus’ death and resurrection.

By faith, we accept the full impact of Jesus’ death and resurrection. By faith, we apply daily the death and resurrection of Jesus to our own life. We accept responsibility for our sins, confess them, and repent. Jesus continually forgives. We, then, apply the resurrected life of Jesus in us, everyday, so Jesus can live His life through us.

Only Jesus can live the Christian life through you. Only Jesus is qualified to be the Christian in you. Jesus is the Christian life. You have a new identity as a child of God. Jesus is your new life. You are a new creation. Now Jesus calls you to rest in Him so He can live His life through you.

For many years I struggled to overcome many areas of my Christian walk. One of them was severe, clinical depression. If Jesus died for my sins, why was I struggling for many years as a depressed Christian? Even answering many altar calls, repenting daily, and rebuking Satan, I still struggled with depression. The depression symptoms consisted of a daily fear and insecurity, continuous tears crying myself to sleep, hiding under bed sheets, closing the shades and blinds during daylight, hoping I was living a fantasy, and avoidance of stress or conflict.

How can you relate to what I experienced? The Christian life for many can easily be a life of drudgery, burn out, and failure. Instead, the Christian life should be a life of joy, abundance, and victory.

Why do so many Christians struggle in their Christian walk? Why do so many burn out and walk away? The answer, which I can testify personally to, is that they do not, for whatever reason, let Jesus live His life through them. Many Christians simply do not know how to let Jesus live through them. Many, in fact, rarely understand it at all. Many do not know how to “rest in Jesus.” Many have not let Jesus heal their broken heart.

I lived with the following mindset. “If Jesus came to give me abundant life, why did I continue to live depressed, disappointed, and lifeless?” That was the question I repeatedly asked myself.

Basically, I was born again into a new life in Christ, but I was living as though I was “spiritually dead.” I tried to live the Christian life on my own. No wonder my life was full of death and depression. I did not know how to let Jesus live His life through me. I did not know how to really “rest in Jesus.” I needed to let Jesus heal my broken heart. When Jesus died, my depression died with Him. On the cross, Jesus absorbed my depression into His body. It was buried with Him in His tomb. When Jesus rose from the dead, He left my depression dead and buried forever.

God was viewing my depression as “dead.” He needed to train me (to renew my mind) to see it as “dead” also. As long as I continued to focus on my “dead” depression, I actually was making it come “alive” in my mind. No wonder my Christian life was failing. No wonder depression overwhelmed me. I was looking at “dead” things that God was not looking at. God cannot lead one to victory who continues to focus on “dead” things. A “dead” corpse does not need help. A “dead” corpse needs life – God’s life in it. God looks at life, specifically His life in Jesus. When God sees His born again child, He sees His Son Jesus.

God the Father only saw Jesus in me. I needed to more consistently see the same. I know this is the same problem many hurting and depressed Christians face. Perhaps you are one of them. Fortunately, you know the same victory God worked in me, He can work in you. You only need to rest in Jesus and focus on “Jesus in you.” I amplify this further in my book Dead, Buried, And A New Life In Christ.

I had now begun to realize that the resurrected life of “Jesus in me” was to be my total victory. I needed to learn how to apply “Jesus in me by faith into my daily life (Galatians 2:20). I was learning to “rest in Jesus.” One thing about the Christian life is that God has made it simple: Everything is summed up and fulfilled in Jesus. As I continued to focus on “Jesus in me” as my solution, it would only be natural to expect victory over depression. It would take time because Jesus needed to deal gently with the deep pains in my heart. I was now crucifying daily the “dead” parts of my life so the life of Christ could grow in me more. It would take time and be very painful. However, that is what crucifixion causes – death. The reward comes afterwards in the joyful experience of the resurrected life of Jesus alive in me.

I have shared my experience with depression to show you where I am at today. The life and love of Jesus has rooted deeper into me. I have experienced victory over depression for the last 22 years. My eyes are focused more consistently on Jesus. I rest in His love. I attempt to permit only His love to motivate every action from my heart.

Jesus is my new life. Today, I literally visualize “Jesus in me.” I attempt to have my heart open to His love. Then, I can be sensitive to the Holy Spirit to stir my heart to what actions to take/or not take for specific situations. I can plan functions, but I cannot plan results. Results are God’s business. I am simply permitting Jesus to live His life through me. I become abundantly blessed by watching Jesus work through me for His glory.

The Christian life is now totally exciting and worth it. All that Jesus has said is true. He has come to give us the fullest, abundant life. He fills the deepest desires of the human heart. He heals every broken heart. The Christian life for me is now pure joy. I not only enjoy life. I LIVE LIFE. Jesus is my life. It is a life to grow deeper in love with Jesus every day. Everything else combined could never be more fulfilling.

I not only enjoy life. I LIVE LIFE. Jesus is my life.

So be encouraged. What Jesus has done for me, He will do the same for you, more than you can ever imagine. He personally loves you so much and only desires you to grow in love with Him.

As you have read in my testimony and the Biblical stories, Jesus makes God very personal. He touches each individual with the tender, unique touch each one needs. This lies ahead for you.

There are certain “dead” areas in your life that you continue to struggle with. As I personally shared, the same solution (Jesus Christ) is waiting to give you His victory through His death and resurrection. Jesus wants to live His life through you. He is the only one who can. As you then continue to grow in Jesus, you will have victory over the “dead” areas of your life. You will be “dead” to them and “alive” to Jesus.

If you desire Jesus to be your total victory, the first step is to ensure you have given your life to Jesus, that you accept Him as your personal Lord and Savior. If you never have, then you must do so immediately. (See the prayer in the Reconsider The Cost section at the end of the book to assist you.)

If you have already given your life to Jesus, then your challenge is to bring Jesus more into the midst of your everyday life. Especially if you are struggling in your Christian walk, you must experience the tender, gentle touch of Jesus. Jesus desires to make your heart more after God’s heart. You have not yet learned how to let Jesus live His life through you. “Do you desire that whomever you encounter only see Jesus in you?” Of course you do. That is why I want to encourage you.

There are “death” areas in your life that Jesus has already crucified. You continue to look more at them than at Jesus. Jesus sees them as “dead.” He desires to renew your mind to see them “dead and buried” in His tomb.

When God the Father sees you, He sees Jesus. This is the second part of renewing your mind that God desires to do. He desires you to see “life” in you, His very life. If the Father only sees Jesus in you, what is keeping you from consistently seeing the same? Remember that God sees as “dead” all your sins, your flesh sin nature, and its consequences. As I had to see my depression as “dead,” so must you see as “dead” these areas of your life that are not part of God.

You will then begin to see Jesus in you more consistently. Jesus does not sit idly by. He will actively move in and take over more areas of your life. He will crucify daily your “dead” areas, carry your cross with you, and give you a deeper awareness of His presence and love (Christ in you). Your experience of Jesus more often on a daily basis will be the most fulfilling experience you will ever encounter. You will fall passionately more in love with Jesus. You will then naturally share Him with others. You simply will now be sensitive to the Holy Spirit in you directing the handling of every situation or person you encounter. You learn to leave the results in Jesus’ hands. That is His business. Sharing Jesus with others becomes the most natural thing to do. Jesus is certainly worth it. Alleluia!

This now brings us to the conclusion of our meditations. Fortunately, Jesus never concludes loving us and working in our lives. I encourage you to go forward with your life deeper into the heart of Jesus. I have shared barely a tip about Jesus. It is only my own experience and opinion. That is why my desire is only to direct you to Jesus Himself for your own experience and your own opinion. I encourage you to read the gospels as much as possible every day. Jesus has a personal word to touch your heart. Come and make your heart after God’s. Your life story of “Jesus in you” is just beginning. Your life story is His Story.

It Is Christ Living In Me

It Is Christ Living In Me

“It is no longer I who live, but Christ living in me,” should be one of the most frequently spoken statements from the lips of professing Christians.  Many Christians do not understand the riches found in the fore-mentioned statement.  They know theologically what “Christ living in them” means, but lack the understanding to apply it to everyday life.  They love Jesus and do their best for Him.  Since their best for Jesus usually is not enough, their lives become lives of drudgery and burnout.  Something is missing.
The something missing is not an “it.”  The something is a person – Jesus Christ.  “Christ in you” is our hope of glory.  Jesus Christ is the Christian life.
The burnt out Christian is saved, but lives as though he is still spiritually dead.  He lives like a dead corpse.  A dead corpse does not need help; a dead corpse needs life.  He needs the life of Jesus living in him to live His life through him.  Only Jesus can.  Only Jesus is qualified to be the Christian.  The Christian is to be hidden with Christ in God.  He is to take off his “dead” grave clothes (like Lazarus) so Jesus in him can be seen as a shining beacon.
A car cannot function without gasoline.  A flashlight cannot function without batteries.  To function normally, the Christian must have the presence of his Creator in him.  Christ in the Christian puts God back into man.  Jesus in him and living through him is normal Christian living.
It is the resurrected life of Jesus in the Christian that people must see.  When the Christian permits Jesus to live His life through him, the fruit of the spirit comes forth.  The Christian life becomes a complete joy.  Being burnt out and overwhelmed becomes a thing of the past.  He will have setbacks, but he gets up and grows toward maturity in Christ.
The Christian learns to rest in Jesus and lets Jesus worry about the results.  Jesus is the vine; he is a branch.  He rests totally dependent on the life of the vine to produce spiritual fruit through him.  He simply bears fruit.  A branch does not grunt, groan, or burn out to produce fruit; it simply bears fruit.  Likewise, a Christian need not grunt or groan trying to live the Christian life for Jesus.  He is to rest in Jesus, permitting Jesus to live His life through him.
Being free and enjoying our relationship with Jesus is normal Christian living.  Jesus in us makes all things possible.  Enjoy your life with Jesus in you, and apply daily, by faith, Jesus living through you.  Continue confidently to say, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ living in me.” May people whom you encounter only see Jesus living in you.
(This was originally posted in Feb 2010.  It is very applicable and appropriate to post it again.  Be blessed and please share.)

Christian Backstabbing

Do not be deceived: “BAD COMPANY CORRUPTS GOOD MORALS.” —– I Corinthians 15:33  

There are two questions I want you to ask yourself.  Be honest.  Honesty is critical for any healing and growth to occur.

1. How many times have you had knives stabbed into your back?

2. How many times have you stabbed some people in the back?     Yes, you have to answer this question about yourself.  To be honest with yourself is a must to ensure your heart is pure in that area.  Hypocrisy must be avoided.

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The term CHRISTIAN BACKSTABBING sounds like an oxymoron.  How can two words be so opposite?  Unfortunately, they do go very well together.

After personally experiencing Christian Backstabbing this past year and remembering my previous experiences, I felt it necessary to address this issue and bring it to the forefront of the Body of Christ.

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CHRISTIAN BACKSTABBING needs to be recognized for what it is:

The Putrid Stench Oo The Flesh, From the Pit of Hell.

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Christian Backstabbing needs to be dealt with appropriately —– crucified on the cross of Christ.  One then needs to walk wisely to avoid future stabbings.

A Christian Backstabber will appear as a genuine friend.  You will usually get to know the person over a lengthy period of time.  The person becomes so trustworthy that you believe you have a true friend and brethren.  Genuine brethren can occur for sure, but there is also the flip side to be aware of.  Often, the person is not so genuine and you gradually begin to see more areas of flesh behavior come out.

The maturity of your walk with Christ will reveal how long a Christian Backstabber remains hidden from your knowing.

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MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

I have been a Christian 36 years.  My immaturity with a broken heart permitted a few Christian Backstabbers to take advantage of my help.  As I trusted two specific people over the years, I shared personal information about myself.  (Not wise.)  I also helped these people financially.

I have a servant’s heart and enjoy helping people’s needs be met.  However, my immaturity and naivety showed because I went overboard with my sharing.  These two people took advantage of my giving a hefty amount.  When I finally confronted them about using me, I got the sweet smile that they will pay me back and help me when I needed it.  They never came through.  Instead, they actually started turning against me and accusing me of being ungodly.  They gossiped about me and slandered me.

I sure felt the backstabbing.  I was so deeply hurt and betrayed.  It was a good growth experience, though I must admit I wished often God would get them and get them good.  Even to this day, they avoid me and will not even want to talk about it.  I have reached out, but they have shut the door.  So be it.  It is in God’s hand.

Does God honor their praising Him and turning a blind eye to a brother they had a problem with?  ABSOLUTELY NOT.

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These are some of the habits that the Christian Backstabber usually displays:

They refuse correction, especially from biblical authority.They refuse to even acknowledge the possibility they are insincere and sinning.They will gossip, slander, complain, and covet about other people and what God is doing in their lives.They will boast publicly, looking for any ears to listen, about the great things God is doing in them.All the while, deep down the sinful flesh has taken hold and blinded them to the truth of God.  Satan has much control over them.The biggest shame is how they walk around confidently showing themselves off with a puffed up pride.  They also will have animosity and bitterness toward you.

Backstabbers are ravenous wolves and a ravenous wolf wants whatever you got.  Paul talks about this to the leaders of the church of Ephesus.  They will then tear you apart, shame you, and leave you stripped naked to die.  They will also complain, gossip, and slander to you about others.  Rest assured, they do it also about you to others.  As much as you permit them, they will strip your dignity and your character.  Remarkable is they will still think they are doing God’s will.

Therefore, you must be wise in whom you associate with.

First, ensure you are not a Christian Backstabber.Walk wisely.  Be wary of the company you keep.  Remember the Scripture from the top of the blog:“BAD COMPANY CORRUPTS GOOD MORALS.”  There are genuine Christians and genuine Christian Backstabbers, disguised as genuine Christians.  Seek the Holy Spirit to teach you and reveal the truth behind everyone you meet.  PRAY FOR THEM.As wrong and evil what the Christian Backstabber does, you are not responsible for their actions.  You are responsible for yours.  If they have hurt you, it is mainly because you permitted it to go that deep.  Walk wisely to prevent this in the future.

Here is the Biblical approach for conflict resolution:

Matthew 18:15-17

15(M)If your brother sins[b], go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother.

16“But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that (N)BY THE MOUTH OF TWO OR THREE WITNESSES EVERY FACT MAY BE CONFIRMED.

17“If he refuses to listen to them, (O)tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, (P)let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.

The Bible mentions some strong things to be wary of regarding Christian Backstabbers.  Here are a few.

A dog returns to its vomit.Don’t cast your pearls before swine.Wolves in sheep’s clothing.Masquerade as angels of light.A tree is known by its fruit.“BAD COMPANY CORRUPTS GOOD MORALS.”

There are more words to add on this subject.  That will be for another time or for another person to share.  I have shared what is on my heart.

An appropriate ending is to remember that ONLY JESUS can heal every broken heart.  JESUS IN YOU is who takes over and grows you through every situation – away from being a Christian Backstabber and desensitized when a Christian Backstabber puts a dagger in your back.  Christ in you makes you capable of forgiving them.  KEEP THAT FOCUS ON JESUS IN YOU.

DEPRESSED CHRISTIANS – Wisdom For All To Know

Christians who are experiencing depression MUST be handled very gently & tenderly.

They have been exposed to countless, negative abuse & circumstances over the majority of their lifetime.
Much of this abuse was directed specifically at them.
Much of this abuse was telling them they are worthless, good for nothing, will never amount to anything, & it would be better if they were never born.

Can you imagine living under that type of bondage for decades?  Often this abuse occurred from parents while they were growing up.  Imagine living in this environment as a child?

That’s why the sensitivity in dealing with depressed Christians must be adhered to.  Ministering to depressed Christians must make one aware how fragile they are.

That’s why simple one word answers or phrases DO NOT WORK.

Years of mental abuse will not change overnight.  Years of negative thoughts must be replaced with constant positive thoughts – especially WHO GOD SAYS THEY ARE.  The Bible calls it the “renewing of the mind” and ONLY the Holy Spirit can renew one’s mind so they can see life through God’s eyes.

That’s why it takes time.  Their recovery & healing cannot be rushed.

Depressed Christians need to see their worth through the eyes of Jesus Christ.  That’s the only way it will work.  JESUS IN THEM will do it.  Jesus will show them they are worth it, special, and never a mistake.

CHRIST IN YOU is what eventually freed me from many years of depression.  Jesus wants to root His love deeper into each person.  First though, the pain, scars, thorns, dirt, etc. must first be removed.  Then the love of Christ will flow out more naturally.

The Holy Spirit will mostly renew the mind of a depressed Christian through the Word of God.  That is a must for every depressed Christian to be reading and meditating every day – specifically the New Testament and the Gospels that show the personal, intimate love God has for them.

And to specifically see that JESUS LIVES IN YOU 24/7 & WILL NEVER LEAVE.

It takes time since it is a growth process.  Don’t rush your healing.  Be patient with yourself.  I am glad I can help in anyway possible.

CHRIST IN YOU is your solution & victory.

For those ministering and encouraging depressed Christians, just be there for them.  Pray for them.  Encourage them.  Don’t force immediate faith solutions on them.  Their deep pain cannot come out all at once.  Be a great friend to them to always be by their side.

At the same time, use wisdom.  Don’t enable depressed Christians.  Don’t let them take advantage of your goodness and help.  Instead, point them directly to Jesus and for them to be alone with Him in His Word.  The Holy Spirit must do the work in them.

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If you have been blessed with this blog, please post it on your wall and other places.  Share it with those who need to read it.  There is so much freedom in Christ that people need to know.  The truths of CHRIST IN YOU in my blog are liberating to the core of the heart.  Thanks.

CHRIST IN YOU gives DAILY Victory Over Depression, Over EVERYTHING.

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PS: Even though I wrote this blog about “depressed Christians,” the sensitivity must be understood for all depressed people.

My Personal Walk Of A Broken Heart (From Depression To Victory)

know this blog is going to help many.  I pray God will use it to help countless more.

I will be transparent in sharing some of the depths I experienced when walking through life with severe depression and a broken heart.  Too many Christians want the victory without going through the painful walk of dying to self daily.  I sure did not want to, but since I trusted God for everything, I knew I had to. 

Fortunately, I now have the Victory Over Depression since 1996.  Jesus in me grows more than ever every day.

Growing up through adolescence, I was not aware that I had such a poor self-image that it grew me right into depression.  I wanted so much for people to accept me.  I sought peer pressure approval often. 

When one does not realize he has a broken heart, he unsuspectingly covers it up as he goes through life.  If it is not dealt with, one day the broken heart will explode, usually like a pressure cooker. 

God wants to help deal with the internal issues, heal the broken heart, and come take up residence in the person.  This is what occurred to me.  Being an adolescent in an adult body, I was not prepared for the challenges and seriousness of adulthood.  My inside exploded (figuratively) like a pressure cooker. 

Some of my depression symptoms were:

  • I cried almost every night to sleep.
  • I hid under covers frequently and kept the blinds closed.
  • During daylight hours, I turned the lights off in my room often.
  • I retreated often into a fantasy, daydream world.  It was an easy way to avoid facing my problems.
  • I slept often hoping that when I woke up, my depression was only a fantasy.
  • I avoided stress and conflict at every opportunity.
  • My hands and body shook whenever stress occurred.

Fortunately on April 1, 1979, after searching and trying many things to get rid of the depression, God touched my heart.  I will not go into details, but to say that God filled my deepest needs and gave me hope and a reason to live.  I knew God now loved me unconditionally and was living in me.  I was amazed that now I was enjoying life more every day. 

The next few years grew me more in love with God.  It was like nothing bothered me anymore.  I was growing more in love with Jesus everyday and enjoyed reading the Bible (the Word of God) everyday.  I was maturing as a Christian and proud of it.  I memorized Bible verses and was actively involved in leading ministries. 

A few years later, I was to learn the maturity I saw in me was just another facade to cover my broken heart.  The maturity I stated in the previous paragraph was absent of the necessary growth through the road of Calvary, suffering, pruning, refining in the fire, etc.  (Unfortunately, many Christians do the same thing.  They think this is maturity, but is the opposite.  God will elevate many and use them mightily, but one must go through the road of the cross for real maturity.)

I wanted to draw closer to Jesus and He was now ready to take me through some of my darkest days as a Christian.  Before I knew what happened, all the depression symptoms came back.  I could not understand it.  As much as I rebuked the devil, prayed more, and quoted Scirpture, the depression overwhelmed me again.  It made no sense.  The depression was a vicious cycle the next couple of years.  All those symptoms I previously stated were back and controlling me. 

The deep pain in my heart was being torn open like never before.  I could not understand why.

I knew God loved me.  So the problem had to be with me and my thinking.  No Christian understood the deep pain I was experiencing.  They acted more like Job’s friends than a friend of Jesus.  I felt more condemned and judged than relieved and comforted.  (Sadly this occurs often in the Church of Jesus Christ.  Instead many suffering with broken hearts choose to suffer silently.)

This was the painful road of maturity God was taking me through – the road of the cross, of suffering, to die daily to self, to be refined in the fire, to be pruned.  Fortunately, with an open, honest heart, God showed me the answer. 

The answer is CHRIST IN YOU.  God was working on clearing out all the garbage of my broken heart so that all I could see was CHRIST IN ME.  I was learning that God the Father ONLY sees His Son Jesus in me. 

God healed my broken heart by giving me a brand new heart- the very heart of God Himself in Jesus Christ.

No wonder depression overwhelmed me.  I kept looking at my broken heart and depression – what Jesus had already crucified and buried.  God cannot help one who constantly looks at dead things.  This was the victory I needed to see.  I know it is the truth many need to see.

God cannot help one who constantly looks at dead things.

I quickly realized that it was Jesus in me living His life through me.  When people see me, they are to see ONLY Jesus in me.  That is the simplicity of the Christian life – Jesus in you living His life through you. 

I began consistently having the daily victory.  The joy came back.  Every day for the last 18 years (even despite setbacks) I have been enjoying life to the fullest.  Only because Jesus as God resides in me.

Today I learn to simply rest in Jesus and let Him live His life through me.  I pray you see the same & learn to focus on Jesus in you for your healing and victory. 

In His love and Grace,

Christ in you,

Bob Bennett

PS: God now trusts me with a Victory Over Depression ministry to simply point people to Him.  I have developed a teaching presentation for any church, ministry, or group that may be interested.  Let me know if anyone may be interested.  Thanks all.

The Great Cure For Depression

Look To CHRIST IN YOU

My experience having depression, helping others, and observing how others (including Christians) help those who currently have depression have given me invaluable insight in dealing with depression.

I personally had depression for a good 30 years – 17 of them as a born again Christian.  For the last 18 years, I have been walking victoriously over depression.  Over the last 40+ years, I have witnessed much of how people with depression search for healing and how Christians try to help them.  As good as their intentions are to help, many fall very short of providing total healing and victory. 

Praying, fasting, reading the Word of God, resting, medication, counseling/therapy, etc. are very good treatments for depression.  However, one thing falls short for many hoping to be healed of depression. 

The one limitation from consistent victory is many are still walking around (some for decades) with deep pains of a broken heart.  This is what occurred to me for 17 years as a Christian.

For the last 18 years, the victory over depression became my greatest cure.. The great cure is one person in three words – CHRIST IN YOU.

CHRIST IN YOU is the Great Cure for Depression.

CHRIST IN YOU heals the broken heart because Christ In You gives you a brand new heart – the very heart of God Himself.  This is the total victory and healing so many need and miss in their searching for victory over depression.

If you are a Christian with depression, I encourage you to focus more on CHRIST IN YOU literally alive and living in you.  Your new life is Jesus Christ in you.  When you consistently see Christ In You, Jesus begins healing quicker your broken heart. 

Jesus already crucified depression, buried it in His tomb, and left it buried when He rose from the dead.  In God’s eyes, CHRIST IN YOU is alive.  Depression is dead. 

In God eyes, CHRIST IN YOU is alive.
Depression is dead.

So if you keep looking at “dead” depression, God cannot help you.  God looks at life – specifically His Son Jesus alive in you.  God desires you to see the same consistently. 

CHRIST IN YOU is the key that led to my victory and the great cure for depression.  Jesus in me lives His life through me.  Jesus is the Christian life.  I rest in Jesus’ love, focus on Jesus in me, and Jesus easily and naturally lives His life through me. 

I rest in Jesus’ love, focus on Jesus in me, and Jesus easily and naturally lives His life through me. 

The victory takes time because the healing of a broken heart takes time.  You cannot rush the healing God wants to do in you.  God must do it in His time.  I assure you that if you everyday make CHRIST IN YOU your foundation, the healing and victory comes quicker. 

With Christ In You as your foundation, all the current treatments you do (praying, fasting, reading the Word of God, resting, medication, counseling/therapy, etc.) help the healing and victory occur sooner.

Be encouraged and embrace CHRIST IN YOU everyday. 

CHRIST IN YOU is the great cure for the depression you have.

SILENCE – A Key To Growth & History

To permit the Lord Jesus Christ to live the Christian life through you is summed up in one word.  To experience daily His love and the reality of His presence is summed up in one word.

That one word is SILENCE.  You must be silent in the inner man, on your inside.  Do you know how to keep and maintain your inside zipped?  Your #1 desire and priority must be ‘to be alone and silent in the presence of God’.  You must strive to develop this.  Be mentally tough and ferociously persistent.  Jesus lives inside you and is the source guiding and motivating you toward intimacy with Him.

This is as simple as it is – being alone, intimate, and silent in the presence of God.  He then can reveal the depths of His love to you.  Remember, be gentle and patient.  It will become a way of life, not a formula.  You grow gradually, just like anything else is life.  Just cooperate with the life of Christ in you, that vine producing the fruit.

You do not run off and join a monastery.  This silence becomes incorporated into your daily life, into your daily activities.  God is only training you to “Be still and know He is God.” He quiets your inner man so He can speak and be heard.  Yes, He will speak and speak very actively.  Like a seed, it will grow and flourish in His love.  It grows slowly and patiently because He causes the growth.  God slowly peels off all flesh layers and thorns.  Just rest in His love and be.  Yes, just be, be, and be.

It is an ongoing process.  You must absolutely put yourself into the Word of God with the mindset that I have just shared.  Be mentally tough.  Expect deep revelations of God’s love.  God love becomes more real in your daily life.  Only He can complete His work in you.  Only make yourself restfully available for Him to thoroughly establish His life in you and thoroughly live His life through you.

In fact, you now hear Him gently touching your heart.  Withdraw now into the intimacy of the depths of your heart.  Go in secret, shutting the world out in your mind.  Only Love awaits you.

ONLY Jesus Can Live The Christian Life Through You – My Personal Experience

Only Jesus can live the Christian life through you.  Only Jesus is qualified to be the Christian in you.  Jesus is the Christian life.  You have a new identity as a child of God.  Jesus is your new life.  You are a new creation.  Now Jesus calls you to rest in Him so He can live His life through you.

For many years I struggled to overcome many areas of my Christian walk.  One of them was severe, clinical depression.  If Jesus died for my sins, why was I struggling for many years as a depressed Christian?  Even answering many altar calls, repenting daily, and rebuking Satan, I still struggled with depression. The depression symptoms consisted of a daily fear and insecurity, continuous tears crying myself to sleep, hiding under bed sheets, closing the shades and blinds during daylight, hoping I was living a fantasy, and avoidance of stress or conflict.

How can you relate to what I experienced?  The Christian life for many can easily be a life of drudgery, burn out, and failure.  Instead, the Christian life should be a life of joy, abundance, and victory.

Why do so many Christians struggle in their Christian walk?  Why do so many burn out and walk away?  The answer, which I can testify personally to, is that they do not, for whatever reason, let Jesus live His life through them.  Many Christians simply do not know how to let Jesus live through them.  Many, in fact, rarely understand it at all.  Many do not know how to “rest in Jesus.”  Many have not let Jesus heal their broken heart.

I lived with the following mindset.  “If Jesus came to give me abundant life, why did I continue to live depressed, disappointed, and lifeless?”  That was the question I repeatedly asked myself.

Basically, I was born again into a new life in Christ, but I was living as though I was “spiritually dead.”  I tried to live the Christian life on my own.  No wonder my life was full of death and depression.  I did not know how to let Jesus live His life through me.  I did not know how to really “rest in Jesus.”  I needed to let Jesus heal my broken heart.  When Jesus died, my depression died with Him.  On the cross, Jesus absorbed my depression into His body.  It was buried with Him in His tomb.  When Jesus rose from the dead, He left my depression dead and buried forever.

God was viewing my depression as “dead.”  He needed to train me (to renew my mind) to see it as “dead” also.  As long as I continued to focus on my “dead” depression, I actually was making it come “alive” in my mind.  No wonder my Christian life was failing.  No wonder depression overwhelmed me.  I was looking at “dead” things that God was not looking at.  God cannot lead one to victory who continues to focus on “dead” things.  A “dead” corpse does not need help.  A “dead” corpse needs life – God’s life in it.  God looks at life, specifically His life in Jesus.  When God sees His born again child, He sees His Son Jesus.

God the Father only saw Jesus in me.  I needed to more consistently see the same.  I know this is the same problem many hurting and depressed Christians face.  Perhaps you are one of them.  Fortunately, you know the same victory God worked in me, He can work in you.  You only need to rest in Jesus and focus on “Jesus in you.”  I amplify this further in my book Dead, Buried, And A New Life In Christ.

I had now begun to realize that the resurrected life of “Jesus in me” was to be my total victory.  I needed to learn how to apply “Jesus in me” by faith into my daily life (Galatians 2:20).  I was learning to “rest in Jesus.”  One thing about the Christian life is that God has made it simple: Everything is summed up and fulfilled in Jesus.  As I continued to focus on “Jesus in me” as my solution, it would only be natural to expect victory over depression.  It would take time because Jesus needed to deal gently with the deep pains in my heart.  I was now crucifying daily the “dead” parts of my life so the life of Christ could grow in me more.  It would take time and be very painful.  However, that is what crucifixion causes – death.  The reward comes afterwards in the joyful experience of the resurrected life of Jesus alive in me.

I have shared my experience with depression to show you where I am at today.  The life and love of Jesus has rooted deeper into me.  I have experienced victory over depression for the last 15 years.  My eyes are focused more consistently on Jesus.  I rest in His love.  I attempt to permit only His love to motivate every action from my heart.

Jesus is my new life.  Today, I literally visualize “Jesus in me.”  I attempt to have my heart open to His love.  Then, I can be sensitive to the Holy Spirit to stir my heart to what actions to take/or not take for specific situations.  I can plan functions, but I cannot plan results.  Results are God’s business.  I am simply permitting Jesus to live His life through me.  I become abundantly blessed by watching Jesus work through me for His glory.

The Christian life is now totally exciting and worth it.  All that Jesus has said is true.  He has come to give us the fullest, abundant life.  He fills the deepest desires of the human heart.  He heals every broken heart.  The Christian life for me is now pure joy.  I not only enjoy life.  I LIVE LIFE.  Jesus is my life.  It is a life to grow deeper in love with Jesus every day.  Everything else combined could never be more fulfilling.

Enjoying The Life Of CHRIST IN YOU (Motivated By Grace, Not Law)

It’s unfortunate that countless Christians are limiting their enjoyment in the Christian life.  They struggle in certain areas.  They also can become so focused on doing everything right as a Christian that the miss the simple joy of living as a Christian.  Then they usually become arrogant, self-righteous, and burnout trying to be the “perfect little Christian”.

They are missing the significant, daily experience of CHRIST IN YOU.  (I was one of these for almost 20 years as a Christian struggling with severe depression.)
I will be emphasizing the significance of understanding “Law and Grace”.  It will assist you in enjoying daily your Christian life.  The motivation of either law or grace shall either lead you into legalistic bondage (law) or enjoyable freedom (grace).

The central focus must always be CHRIST IN YOU living the Christian life through you.
The Scriptures we are looking at focus on giving. You should immediately see the significant difference between “Law and Grace”.

II Corinthians 9:6-8 “But this I say, he which soweth sparingly shall also reap sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.  Every man accirding as he purposeful in his heart, do let him give; not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loveth a cheerful giver: And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye always have all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.

God loves a cheerful giver, not one who gives grudgingly or under compulsion.  We give to God because we want to (grace), not because we feel we have to or are obligated to (law).

“Law and Grace” always and only depends on the motives of the heart.  I love Jesus so much that I easily trust Him.  God always shows me how faithful He is.

Therefore, it is a joy to give my finances, my time, my services, etc to the Lord – all because I want to (grace), not because I have to (law).

See how easy it is to distinguish between “Law and Grace”.  It all depends on the motives of one’s heart as to how to live the Christian life.  The successful way is letting Jesus live the Christian life through you.  The Father only qualifies Jesus to be the Christian in you.

Under Law – I must.  I have to.

Under Grace – I want to. I desire to.

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